Lucky Light

Lucky Light

When I posted the photo above of Jackson Falls, a comment made by one of my Facebook followers struck me. Paraphrased, he said that I was so lucky to find such good light.

I wasn’t sure how to respond to his comment. Yes, in some ways I was lucky in the weather and the lighting conditions I found when I hiked down to this waterfall, but the light he’s responding to isn’t just a matter of luck….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Falling Water

Weekly Photo Challenge: Falling Water

Weekly Photo Challenge: Photograph Falling Water
I’m out photographing waterfalls this week. Spring’s been wet and that, in my area, leads to waterfalls. I’m out in Shawnee National Forest hiking up and down trails to find these elusive waterfalls. By which I actually mean hiking down and then UP trails – it’s the nature of waterfalls that they start “up there” and go “down there”. To photograph them, I generally have to be at the bottom. Sigh….

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wheels

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wheels

Weekly Photo Challenge: Photograph Wheels
I was just photographing at a festival (Cinco de Mayo since you ask) and I have lots of ideas for future challenges that involve people, but since we just did a people challenge, let’s go for something else that caught my attention during the parade. This week the challenge is to… Photograph Wheels

Weekly Photo Challenge: People

Weekly Photo Challenge: People

Weekly Photo Challenge: Photograph People
I’m just coming off of attending Shutterfest this week.I’ll broaden this challenge to be about photographing people in general rather than specifically portraiture. This week the challenge is to…. Photograph People

The “Whys” of Post-Processing

The “Whys” of Post-Processing

What some amateur photographers might not realize when they first get into digital photography is that nearly every image you see in the media has been altered in some way. Taking the photo is only the first step, post-processing digital photography is an art unto itself. In a class I’m teaching tonight, I’m going to talk about three main ways photographers use post-processing…

Photographing Organically

Photographing Organically

Because I’m a digital photographer through and through, I’ve mainly done things online. I share my photographs primarily online, I have a website where I sell my photos, I’ve written e-books. Almost everything I do with photography involves a computer. But recently, I’ve been trying a few new things with my photography. I’ve been trying to do things more organically.

Red Marbles

Red Marbles

I was listening to an podcast this week about how some people seem really lucky, but in reality people make their luck happen. The analogy used was a bag of marbles with red marbles being the great opportunities that come along…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings

Weekly Photo Challenge: Gatherings

This week I had the opportunity to do a bit of photo journalism. I’m not a photo journalist, but I need some of the same skills when I’m traveling and photographing people and events. Photographing local events helps keep me in practice. This week, the challenge is to go out and Photograph Gatherings.

Website Spring Clean Complete!

Website Spring Clean Complete!

Let’s talk websites this week. I spent the last week updating my website. For me, updating my website is like cleaning my bathrooms. You know, the really deep down scrubbing where you use an old toothbrush and try to get into those deep down corners, some of them very awkward to reach and easy to forget about.

Exhibit in Black and White

Exhibit in Black and White

This week, I’m prepping the show so my brain is full of black and white images. I thought I’d write a bit about my B&W post-processing that is a large part of the preparation.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

Weekly Photo Challenge: Motion

This week’s photo challenge is a motion etude — Photograph Motion.
Freezing motion – making a moving subject stand still – is one thing modern cameras do well. We can freeze the motion of anything from raindrops to race cars to birds in flight. Sports are perfect subjects for freezing motion.